MotoGP: Valentino Rossi to start from back in season finale

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Italian rider Valentino Rossi reacts after the Malaysian Grand Prix MotoGP motorcycling race at the Sepang International Circuit on Oct. 25, 2015.

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MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi will be forced to start from the rear of the field in the season-ending race at Valencia after this controversial collision with Marc Marquez during Sunday’s race in Malaysia:

Rossi was able to stay on his Yamaha and finish in third place behind Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo now sits just seven points behind Rossi heading into the season finale.

The grid penalty comes as a result of three "penalty points" being added to Rossi’s license.

Rossi’s team is appealing the decision.

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